FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys knocked midfielder Andy Dalton out of Sunday’s match against the Philadelphia Eagles because of Saturday’s concussion, meaning rookie Ben DiNucci will kick off during the key NFC East meeting.
Dalton was concussed in the third quarter of last week’s defeat to the Washington Football Team due to a blow by defender Jon Bostic. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on Friday 105.3 The Fan that Dalton, “should be ready to go next week.”
Dalton will stay in Dallas when the team flies to Philadelphia. He doesn’t practice during the week but is able to attend some meetings. Cowboys played Pittsburgh Steelers on November 8 at AT&T Stadium before week bye.
DiNucci, an option in the seventh round, completed 2 of the three 39-yard passes after Dalton left last week̵7;s match. He did most of the first team work for the week. Garret Gilbert, who joined the team two weeks ago, would serve as a back-up for DiNucci.
Midfielder Sean Lee will make his debut for the season after being listed on the 53-man list due to a reserve injury. He had pelvic surgery at the start of the season and has been training for the past two weeks, but his role was not known after Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.
Joe Looney Center (knee) is also activated from injury reserve after missing the last three games. He has started the first four games, but the Cowboys are expected to continue with rookie Tyler Biadasz in the center with Looney acting as back-up for all three positions inside.
Wing-back Saivion Smith was called up from the training team after the Cowboys decided not to activate full-back Chidobe Awuzie, who had not played since Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons due to a strain.